Professor Dave Goulson grew up in rural Shropshire, UK, where he developed an early obsession with wildlife. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Oxford University, followed by a doctorate on butterfly ecology at Oxford Brookes University. Subsequently, he lectured in biology for 11 years at the University of Southampton, and it was here that he began to study bumblebees in earnest. He has published 300 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects and is author to a numerous books, including the Sunday Times bestseller A Sting in the Tale, a popular science book about bumble bees now translated into ten languages. Dave founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and was given many awards for his work. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the BBC Wildlife Magazine listed him as the eighth most influential person in conservation.
Why do we want to introduce him to you?
Insects and their disappearing cought my attention already last year and together with issues of distributing agriculture funds it became really important for me. After reading reviews of prof. Goulson’s book and our call, I am sure he was the right person to speak about this environmental topic on alarming disappearance of insects. Prof. Goulson is a natural storyteller with great passion for insects and I am convinced he will captivate you. (Peter Jančár)